"The furniture range developed in collaboration with the Indalo Project is beautiful and has massive potential. We have already increased our staff and anticipate that sales will more than double our turnover, allowing us to employ additional members."
Riaan Hanekom - Co-founder and owner, Netshomi Zam
Netshomi Zam was formed in 2006 by Riaan Hanekom (Streetwires Operations Manager) and Mike Carella. The isiXhosa name of this artists' collective translates as 'with my friends' and points to the collaborative roots of the business. As a complementary and mutually beneficial enterprise within the broader Streetwires community, Netshomi Zam collaborates with Streetwires on various projects and benefits from its administrative, marketing and sales services.
Netshomi Zam specialises in exclusive, large-scale welded steel and beaded sculptural works, as well as time-consuming private art commissions. Both founders are passionate about the natural environment and the animals from which they draw their inspiration. "We would much rather have people hanging our artworks on their walls, than killing these beautiful creatures for trophy heads!" says Riaan.
This collective currently employs four other members and has expanded to more sustainable income generating product ranges through Indalo. Netshomi Zam also joined forces with Right Mukore, a master craftsman in wood, for this project.